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Building the P-51 Mustang by Michael O'Leary is a softcover non-fiction book 240 pages in length. This book tells the story of manufacturing North American's legendary World War II fighter using over 350 original photos.
North American's P-51 Mustang is one of the most fascinating aircraft of World War II, and countless books have been written about every facet of the Mustang's colorful existence. However, the story of manufacturing the airplane is usually left to be covered only in the opening chapters of most P-51 books, and there has never been a major work devoted to this important aspect of the airplane's proud history.
Noted Warbird photographer, author, and Mustang specialist Michael O'Leary comprehensively tells this story throughout the use of original photographs, documents, and inside information about how the airplane was actually designed, built, and tested. Contained in this book are more than 350 images culled by O-Leary from the 15,000 official North American and USAAF photos held by the Alpha Archive, many of which have never been seen in any publication. This book provides readers with a vital "missing link" in the saga of a legendary World War II aircraft, and it will be a valued addition to the libraries of P-51 Mustang enthusiasts, modelers, historians, and pilots everywhere.
Major sections of the book:
- Creating a Prototype
- The Allison Mustangs
- Building the Allison Mustangs
- The Merlin Mustangs: A Match That Made History
- The Lightweights
- Last of the Pony Soldiers
- Appendix: Mustang Variants and Specifications